PREMIER LEAGUE: Rooney hat-trick downs West Ham

A second half hat-trick in the space of fourteen minutes from Wayne Rooney enabled Manchester United to turn round a 2-0 half-time deficit and triumph 4-2 at West Ham.
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A second half hat-trick in the space of fourteen minutes from Wayne Rooney enabled Manchester United to turn round a 2-0 half-time deficit and triumph 4-2 at West Ham.

Despite dominating possession Manchester United looked to have handed the initiative back to Arsenal in the chase for the Premier League crown.

Two goals down at the interval, both penalties from Mark Noble, after defensive errors from Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, seemed to have boosted the Hammers survival hopes until a stirring second half fight back from United.

The Reds have now won their last six league games against the Hammers.

On 65 minutes Rooney begins the comeback when he curls home a free kick. Eight minutes later and the equaliser arrives with a perfect finish which takes the England international’s tally to 100 Premier League goals.

The third penalty of the afternoon arrives with 11 minutes remaining. Matthew Upson is harshly penalised for handball and Rooney converts from the spot.

With West Ham looking demoralised the visitor’s add a fortunate fourth as Ryan Giggs effort heads wide until intercepted by Javier Hernandez to divert past Robert Green.

The Hammers remain the bottom three but Manchester United put a marker down to the chasing pack by leading the Premiership by eight points.

Referee: Lee Mason

Venue: Upton Park
Attendance: 34,546

West Ham scorers: Noble (pen) 11, 25
Man Utd scorers: Rooney 65, 73, 79 (pen), Hernandez 84

WEST HAM
01 Green
15 Upson
22 Da Costa (yellow card)
36 Bridge
37 Jacobsen
08 Parker
11 Hitzlsperger
16 Noble (Keane 83)
32 O'Neil (Obinna 83)
09 Cole (Piquionne 68)
21 Ba

Substitutes
31 Boffin,
02 Reid,
05 Tomkins,
18 Spector,
30 Piquionne,
33 Obinna,
34 Keane

MAN UTD
29 Kuszczak
03 Evra (Hernandez 46)
12 Smalling
15 Vidic (yellow card)
20 Fabio Da Silva
11 Giggs
13 Park Ji-Sung (Berbatov 64)
16 Carrick
25 Valencia
28 Gibson (yellow card)
10 Rooney (Nani 87)

Substitutes
40 Amos,
45 Oliver Gill,
08 Anderson,
17 Nani,
07 Owen,
09 Berbatov,
14 Hernandez

 
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